Sunday, 10 September 2017

Overall 287

Vale of Leithen V East Stirlingshire

Saturday 26th August 2017

Victoria Park

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Vale of Leithen Football Club are a football club from the town of Innerleithen, Scotland. They play in the Lowland Football League, and their home games take place at the town's Victoria Park.

The club is one of the oldest in the Scottish Borders, having formed in 1891, they became full members of the Scottish Football Association in 1897. The club played at Caddon Park and initially played their first two games as Leithen Vale but subsequently changed their name to Vale of Leithen Football Club. In 1922, they moved to their current home, Victoria Park.

The team's motto is "Keep Faith", and features on their club crest, along with the town's patron saint, St. Ronan. The home strip features a blue shirt with white sleeves, blue shorts and red socks; the away strip is all-red, with white trim on the sleeves.

Vale of Leithen should not be confused with the slightly differently named junior team Vale of Leven.

The club joined the Lowland Football League in 2013 after many years in the East of Scotland League

East of Scotland Football League

  • Winners (4): 1924–25, 1977–78, 1978–79, 1986–87

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I made my way up the A7 to Hawick and took the kids swimming at the pool there we left at 2pm and made our way along the A707 and A72 from Selkirk towards Innerleithen. Vale went up against The Shire with a depleted squad and lost narrowly 0-2 to a good but inconsistent Shire side Paul Sludden and Kevin Kelbie with the goals for shire after 64 Minutes and 90. Vale had 2 players forced off with Injury as well a full report is here on the Vale website. After the game I made my way back Via the B709 and A708 towards Moffat before joining the M74 back to Carlisle We passed through St Mary’s Loch on the way back.

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Division :- Lowland League

Ticket Price Adult £6
Programme £1
Attendance ?
Score 0-2
Miles from Carlisle 73 Miles

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Saturday, 19 August 2017

Overall 286

Atherton LR V Cheadle Town

Saturday 12th August 2017

Crilly Park

Atherton LR V Cheadle Town 12-8-17 (7)

Laburnum Rovers were founded in 1956 as an under 14’s side after a few years the club decided to carry on into adult football and after a brief spell in the Leigh League they joined the Bolton Combination. Jack Crilly Succeeded Joe Riley as Chairman and did a lot of hard work to bring the ground up to a reasonable standard, but suddenly died in 1980 and as a tribute to the work he did they named the ground after him. In 1980 they Joined the Cheshire League but a stipulation of entry was that they added the town’s name in the the club title so Atherton Laburnum Rovers was born. In 1982 they became founder members of the North West Counties League they were placed in Div. 2. In 1986–87 despite finishing second-from-bottom of Division Two the club were promoted to Division One as part of league reorganisation and due to the quality of the facilities at Crilly Park. In 1989 floodlights were erected and in 1991 the changing rooms and clubhouse were rebuilt. In 1992-93 the club won the league title with 106 Points but promotion to the Unibond league as it was then was denied due to ground grading. The club won the League again the following season and this time they were promoted to the Unibond League. 1996-97 saw the club struggle financially and they were relegated finishing bottom of the league. The club continued to struggle and were relegated again to Division 2 in 1999-00. Amazingly they won promotion back to the 1st Division at the 1st attempt. They stayed in the now renamed Premier League until 2011-12 when they finished bottom. 13th 2012-13 8th 2013-14 12th 2014-15 17th 2015-16 and 20th in 2016-17 they are hoping to do better this year.

Crilly Park

The club play home matches at Crilly Park, which has a capacity of 3,000, of which 250 is seated; three sides of the ground are covered. They originally played at Laburnum Road Playing Fields, from which they took their name, and used a shed in a nearby allotment as a changing room

Atherton LR V Cheadle Town 12-8-17 (2)


  • North West Counties Football League
    • Division One champions 1992–93, 1993–94
    • Championship Trophy winners 1992–93, 1993–94
  • Bolton Combination
    • Division Two A champions 1965–66
    • Division Two Cup winners 1964–65, 1965–66

The planning had begun for this in early July when I booked train tickets to Wigan for £5 each way I knew there’d be some games on around the area and was relying on the fixture computer being kind. Sure enough when the fixtures came out Atherton LR, Daisy Hill and Ashton Athletic were at home. Unfortunately buses replaced trains between Wigan and Atherton and likewise Daisy Hill, and Ashton was a 25 Minute walk from the station. So I decided on Atherton LR I caught the 1047 from Carlisle an was in Wigan just after 1220 I had lunch and a drink in the Moon Under The Water Wetherspoon’s before boarding the 1310 bus to Atherton. The 40 Minute journey seamed to take forever as we weaved our way through Lancashire and I was the only one on the bus which meant the bus driver kindly dropped me off outside the ground as we went pass which saved me the walk back from the station. Cheadle Town won this game 2-1, The 1st goal came in the 32nd Minute when a cross from Chris Sherrington found Rick Whyatt unmarked in the middle of the pitch and he was able to slide the ball home. 5 minutes later from a corner Cheadle went 2-0 up when the impressive Aaron Fleming headed home from a corner. On 58 minutes Atherton got back into the game when Ryan Allcocks clearance landed straight at the feet of Theo Kidd who smashed home. Home fans were expecting the comeback but it didn’t happen Cheadle held on. After the game I had a short walk to Atherton Station for the 1710 bus back to Wigan and then the 1823 back to Carlisle Arriving home around 2015

Atherton LR V Cheadle Town 12-8-17 (24)

Division:- North West Counties 1st Divison
Ticket Price £5
Programme £1
Attendance 62
Score 1-2
Miles from Carlisle 107
Train tickets £10 Carlisle to Wigan £4.80 Wigan to Atherton

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Overall 285

Dalbeattie Star V University of Stirling

Friday 11th August 2017

Islecroft Stadium


Dalbeattie Star Football Club is a Scottish association football club based in Dalbeattie. The club was founded in 1905 and joined the South of Scotland Football League.They won the league title for the first time in 1924-25 followed by championship success five years running, before the club folded prior to the Second World War. The club re-joined the league after the conflict, but lasted just one season before they folded altogether in 1948. They reformed in 1976 and were successful in winning the league in 1984-85 & 85-86, 88-89 & 89-90 they would then have to wait until 2011-12 and 2012-13 to win it again. For the 2013-14 Season they were admitted to the Lowland Football League.. They were 3rd in the 1st season then 4th 9th and 5th last season.

Islecroft Stadium


The stadium was opened in 1950 it has a capacity of 3,500 with 100 seats. Their is one main stand at Islecroft the distinctive green wooden stand that has seen better days with the changing rooms underneath and the small social club behind the stand. Entry to the social club is via a metal staircase at the side of the stand. There is also another building which houses the tea hut, turnstiles and committee room. The remainder of the ground is open and grass sloped. Floodlights were added in 2016 halfway through the 2016-17 Season.


The nearest railway station is Dumfries which is around 15 Miles away as Dalbeattie Railway Station closed in 1965

I left work just after 1730 and was in Dalbeattie just before 7 I had time for a fish supper at the local chippy, I declined on the local fried pizza delicacy. The game got off to a frantic start when a cross from the right was turned in at the far post by the Stirling forward number 11 Kevin Keane then moments later Stirling were harshly awarded a penalty and from the spot kick Stirling number 8 Paul McCafferty made the game 2-0 and we hadn’t even played 5 minutes. Then moments later Dalbeattie had the ball in the Stirling net when a cross from the left was chested down by the number 7 Lewis Todd and volleyed the ball across the keeper and into the net from the edge of the area a fine goal and it seamed like the come back was on but sadly it wasn’t despite their best efforts Dalbeattie were unable to breach to solid Stirling defence. The Stirling goalkeeper was in fine form. After the game the drive home was pretty simple and took me just over an hour back to Carlisle



  • South of Scotland Challenge Cup
    • Winners 1906–07, 1908–09, 1924–25, 1930–31, 1933–34, 1992–93, 2006–07, 2008–09, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2016-17
  • South of Scotland League Cup
    • Winners 1988–89, 1992–93, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13
  • South of Scotland League
    • Winners 1924–25, 1929–30, 1930–31, 1931–32, 1932–33, 1933–34, 1984–85, 1985–86, 1988–89, 2011–12, 2012–13
  • South of Scotland Cup
    • Winners 1929–30, 1930–31
  • Dumfries & Galloway Cup
    • Winners 1911–12, 1927–28, 1928–29, 1930–31


Division :- Lowland League

Ticket Price Adult £5
Programme £1
Attendance ?
Score 1-2
Miles from Carlisle 51 Miles

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Saturday, 12 August 2017

Revisit 71

Kendal Town V Workington Reds

Saturday 29th July 2017

Parkside Road

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The club was established in 1919 by employees of the Netherfield Somerfield Brothers factory and was initially named Netherfield. They joined the West Lancashire League in 1936, where the club remained until World War II. In 1945 they joined the Lancashire Combination, finishing as runners-up in their first season. The season also saw them reach the first round of the FA Cup for the first time, losing 3–2 on aggregate to Barrow. When the league gained a second division in 1947 the club were placed in Division One, which they won in 1948–49, a season which saw another FA Cup first round appearance, this time losing 3–0 at Gateshead. Netherfield went one better the following season, beating North Shields 4–3 in the first round, before losing 6–0 at Watford in the second. In the 1955–56 FA Cup the club lost 5–1 at home to Grimsby Town in the first round in front of a record crowd of 5,184. They were founder members of the Northern Premier League in 1968.The club dropped into Division One of the North West Counties League, the club were founder members of Division One of the Northern Premier League in 1987, although Netherfield finished bottom of the new division in their first season, they were not relegated. They were renamed Netherfield Kendal in 1998, before adopting their current name Kendal Town two years later when Kendal's shoe making industry closed. In 2005–06 the club finished third in Division One, qualifying for the promotion play-offs. After beating Stocksbridge Park Steels 4–2 on penalties after a 1–1 draw, they defeated Gresley Rovers 2–1 in the final to earn promotion to the Premier Division. In 2008–09 a fifth-place finish in the Premier Division saw Kendal Town enter the play-offs for a place in the Conference North; however, they lost 4–3 to Ilkeston Town in the semi-finals. Another fifth-place finish the following season led to another play-off campaign, this time losing 2–1 to Bradford Park Avenue in the semi-finals. In 2012–13 the club finished second-from-bottom of the Premier Division, resulting in relegation to Division One North where they remain to this day.

2013-14 10th,

2014-15 16th,

2015-16 15th,

2016-17 12th,

Parkside Road

Kendal V Workington 29-7-17 (10)

After being established, the club were given land at Parkside near the K Shoe factory. Club members paid one pence a week into a sports association, which used the fund to develop the ground. Dressing rooms were built in 1928 and a main stand erected in 1930. Terracing was installed behind one goal and along one side of the pitch after World War II, with the stand was expanded in 1955. More seating was installed the following year when a clubhouse was built with seats in front of it, and floodlights erected in 1965. Parkside road is next to the cemetery and Cricket ground

Kendal has 2 Railway station’s close by. Kendal railway station which is situated on the Windermere Branch Line and Oxenholme, which is on the West Coast Main Line. Kendal is approximately a 1 mile walk and Oxenholme is 1.5 mile walk.


  • Lancashire Combination
    • Champions 1948–49, 1964–65
    • League Cup winners 1955–56, 1960–61
  • Westmorland County Cup
    • Winners 1924–25

Kendal V Workington 29-7-17 (11)

My 1st visit to this ground was back in July 2009 when I watched a pre season friendly between Kendal and Carlisle United When Kendal beat Carlisle 5-2. That season Kendal went onto finish 7th and just miss out on the play offs it was very much a youthful Carlisle side that day from what I remember. Today we used Virgin Trains summer seat sale to gain tickets for £2 each way from Carlisle to Oxenholme and £1 for my son. We took the bikes and we boarded the 1349 and were in Oxenholme by 1430 a short bike ride down the hill to Kendal and we were at the ground for 1450 after a quick stop at the cash machine. It was a pre season friendly so entry was reduced to £5 entry and there was no programmes.

Kendal V Workington 29-7-17 (21)

Workington Won this game comfortably 3-1 with goals from J Ryan (20'), R Wilson (51'), J Simpson (82') and Kendal’s coming from R Pearce (83'). This was a weak Workington side who had been depleted due to work commitments and injuries, but they managed to overcome Kendal town with a squad containing two sixteen-year-olds still to establish them themselves in the reserves. Leo Holliday and Cam Harker played forty-five minutes each with Reds handing the two sixteen-year-olds a first team debut. Pre season can be hard to judge but it doesn’t look good for Kendal at being defeated 4-1 on Tuesday night at Penrith and 3-1 here the omens are not good.

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After the game we had a bike ride back up the hill to Oxenholme for the 1826 back to Carlisle. We had over an hour to kill as it didn’t take long. We managed to hang around talking to my former colleagues at Oxenholme Station whilst waiting for the train. Oxenholme was sadly were I worked my last shift on the railway back in 2010 in the booking office.


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Division:- Northern Premier League Division One North

Ticket Price Adult £5
Programme none T/S only
Attendance 83
Score 1-3
Miles from Carlisle 49

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Sunday, 6 August 2017

Overall 284

Scarborough Athletic V Bridlington Town

Tuesday 18th July 2017

Flamingo Land Stadium

Scarborough V Bridlington 18-7-17 (14) 

Scarborough Athletic is an English association football club representing Scarborough, North Yorkshire. The club will play the 2017–18 season in the Northern Premier League Division One North, which is the eighth tier of English football. . Scarborough Athletic was formed in June 2007 after the original club  Scarborough Football Club had been wound up. The Club started life in the Northern Counties East League and appointed former North Ferriby United boss Brian France as Manager. The Club was forced to play games at Bridlington Town. During the 2008-09 Season they won Promotion to the Northern Counties East League Premier Division. Then in 2012-13 they won Promotion to Northern Premier League Division One South before being switched to the Northern Premier League Division One North in 2014-15.


Scarborough Football Club

Scarborough Football Club was formed in 1879 by members of the town's cricket team, and played their earliest games at the cricket ground in North Marine Road. The football club soon moved to the nearby Recreation Ground. In 1898, Scarborough Football Club made the move across town to the Athletic Ground on Seamer Road. Scarborough spent most of their early days competing in the Northern League. It was in 1927 the Yorkshire club became professional and joined the Midland League. After only three years they became champions of it. Because of their decent performance in the Midlands League, the club were entitled to become one of the founding clubs in the new Northern Premier League in 1968. The 1970s would prove to be a successful time for the club; Scarborough FC won the FA Trophy three times at Wembley Stadium, beating Wigan Athletic, Stafford Rangers and Dagenham in the process. By the end of the 1970s, Scarborough had been selected to be part of the new Alliance Premier League, known today as the Football Conference. They stayed in this league for several seasons with generally consistent finishing positions in mid-table. In 1986 the club gained a new manager named Neil Warnock, and his team became champions of the Conference in 1987. They were automatically promoted into the Football League, the first club to achieve this feat by this route.

St Jimmy Glass Day

The last day of the 1998-99 (8th May 1999) saw Scarborough's last game as a Football League Club. The day involved my Club Carlisle United,This day is now known in Carlisle as St Jimmy Glass Day. Going into the game Carlisle were bottom with 46 points and Scarborough just above with 47 Carlisle’s Goal difference was –11 and Scarborough’s –27. Carlisle knew they had to win to stand any chance of survival. Scarborough went behind at home against Peterborough when Richard Scott Scored for the Visitors in the 7th Minute. Just before half time Darren Roberts Equalized for Scarborough in front of 4,789, and that was how it remained at F/T. Meanwhile at Brunton Park in front of 7,599 fans. Just after half time in the 49th Minute Lee Phillips scored for Plymouth to leave Carlisle hovering on the brink of relegation. Shortly after in the 62nd Minute David Brightwell Scored an equalizer and that's how the game remained until the 90th Minute. When the Full time whistle went at The McCain Stadium both games were tied at 1-1 and Scarborough thought they had done enough with fans celebrating on the pitch, but sadly they hadn’t with the 4th official indicating 4 Minutes of Injury time. In the 94th Minute Carlisle received a corner and Carlisle Manager sent goalkeeper Jimmy Glass up for the corner. All 22 Players on the pitch were in the area and as the corner came in Scott Dobie’s header was pushed out by the Plymouth goalkeeper and there was Jimmy Glass to smash home the rebound and preserve Carlisle’s League status for another season. Sadly it was only a temporary reprieve for Carlisle who eventually fell into the Conference in 2004. Also sadly for Scarborough it was the beginning of the end for them

A YouTube video of the day can be found here Jimmy Glass Courtesy of Sky Sports News 

In 1999-2000 they were 4th and in 2001-02 they were 12th despite being bottom at Christmas, Russell Slade the man who helped complete the turn around. 2002-03 they finished 7th and 2003-04 they were 15th but gained much needed revenue with an FA Cup 4th round tie against Chelsea John Terry’s goal gave the Premier league side safe passage to the 5th Round with a 1-0 win, Slade then left shortly afterward to take charge of Grimsby Town. 2004-05 they Finished 13th but were unbeaten at Home. and in 2005-06 they finish bottom but Scarborough were not initially relegated, as Canvey Island resigned from the league and Altrincham were deducted 18 points for fielding an ineligible player, meaning that they occupied bottom position instead. However the Conference were not convinced of the club's financial stability, and Scarborough ended up suffering the same fate as Northwich Victoria had the previous year by being relegated to the Conference North. The club started their first season in the Conference North with minus 10 points as the club had been in administration. What proved to be their last game, on 28 April 2007, was a 1–0 win at Hucknall Town. However, Scarborough finished 20th meaning that had they survived until the start of the 2007–08 season, they would have been relegated to the Northern Premier League. The club had been hoping to move to a new stadium on the outskirts of town by the start of the 2009–10 season, with the proceeds from the sale of the McCain Stadium to a housing developer wiping out the club's historic debts in addition to providing the finance to build the new ground. However, a covenant existed on the McCain Stadium that restricted its use only to sporting activities. Scarborough failed to convince Scarborough Borough Council that the proposals would raise enough money to both pay off the club's debts and build a new ground. On Friday 8 June 2007, the FA in London said that it was a very strong possibility that by 12 June Scarborough F.C. may well go out of business. On Tuesday 12 June, the club was given an eight-day 'stay of execution' following a 'change of heart' by their local Borough Council. But on 20 June it was wound up in the High Court, ending its 128-year run as a club with debts of £2.5 million. However, the winding up of Scarborough F.C paved the way for the supporter's trust to form a club as Scarborough Athletic

Flamingo Land Stadium

Scarborough V Bridlington 18-7-17 (15)

The club completed a permanent move to a new ground in Scarborough in the summer of 2017, following ten seasons sharing with Bridlington Town. The 1st game at the new ground was a Pre Season friendly against a Sheffield United U23 Side on the 15th July 2017 the Seadogs as they are nicknamed lost 4-1 in front of a sell out crowd (Officially 2,038). The Official Capacity is 2,070 with 250 of those seated. The ground is situated not far from the old ground last named the McCain Stadium after a sponsorship deal with chip makers McCain in 1988. The ground itself has a modern 4g pitch and a leisure centre built onto the side of it with one main stand and a smaller terracing behind one of the goals.

The McCain Stadium

The McCain Stadium was built in 1989 and the club remained there until there demise in 2007. Club attendance records were broken when the club reached the 3rd Round of the FA Cup, during the 1937–38 season. The game against Luton Town, which was a 1–1 draw, saw 11,162 people packed into the Athletic Ground. Unfortunately for Scarborough they were soundly defeated 5–1 in the replay.

On 26 September 2007, Scarborough Borough Council announced its intention to purchase the ground from the liquidators. The liquidators, Begbies Traynor, applied to have the covenant lifted. This was contested by the Council. As a result, the stadium remained empty and derelict, and was subject to vandalism. In December 2008 the Council finally purchased the ground from the liquidators. On 15 December 2009, the Council announced that it had decided to invest money in a new facility rather than regenerate the stadium. On 13 March 2010 Scarborough Council stated it was about to discuss demolition work at the stadium. Further discussions took place in April 2011 and on 13 April 2011 the Council voted to demolish the stadium. It was also revealed that Featherstone Rovers RLFC had agreed to purchase the East and West stands and undertake the demolition works that the council required for nil cost. The Demolition of the stadium began in September 2011 and was completed in November 2011. The gates at the entrance to the ground are to be preserved and incorporated into a new sports village complex to serve as a lasting reminder of the former Athletic Ground/McCain Stadium. I never seen a competitive game at the old ground but was able to Visit in August 2010 and sneak in through a hole in the fence.  On 13 August 2015 Scarborough Borough Council granted planning permission for a Lidl supermarket to be built on the by now flattened site. It opened its doors on 16 February 2017.

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I made my way down from Whitby were I was staying having been enjoying a 3 day break The Journey only took around 25 Minutes. The road the ground sits on is not yet on a Sat Nav so be careful if your following directions although it is well signposted. I parked in the Leisure centre car park for free. Entering the turnstiles for the price of £5. The game was the Dave Holland Memorial trophy between Scarborough and Bridlington to celebrate the life of the former Chairman of Scarborough who had worked so tirelessly to get football back to Scarborough but sadly died before his dream could be a reality, this will now be an annual event. Scarborough Won this game 3-2 despite being comfortably 2-0 up Bridlington fought back to bring the game to 2-2 and just as the game was approaching extra time Scarborough scored to win the match.

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Division:- Northern Premier League Division One North

Ticket Price Adult £5
Programme £2
Attendance 819
Score 3-2
Miles from Carlisle 141 Miles

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Monday, 29 May 2017

Overall 283

Sunday 30th April 2017

East Kilbride V Spartans


East Kilbride V Spartans 30-4-17 Lowland League Cup (45)

East Kilbride Football Club is a semi-professional football club based in East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire, Scotland. They are members of the Lowland Football League, in the fifth tier of the Scottish football league system. Formed in 2010 with the intention of bringing senior football to one of Scotland's largest towns, the club initially competed in amateur football before becoming one of the founder members of the Lowland League in 2013. The club became a full member of the Scottish Football Association (SFA) in 2014, entitling them to automatic entry to the Scottish Cup. In 2016 they broke the most wins in a row record held by AFC Ajax before losing after 30 consecutive wins.

The club were launched officially by two former Old Firm players, John Hartson and John Brown, of Celtic and Rangers respectively. The original club was formed in 1871, making it one of the oldest clubs in Scotland.The first office bearers included the quaintly titled Croupier, which today would be recognised as Treasurer. The first recorded match was a 1–0 defeat by a Queen's Park second eleven in April 1872. They drew 0–0 with the same team later that year. During the 1870s the club folded and resurrected several times, which was a regular occurrence at that time for football clubs. The modern club was formed in May 2010 after the merger of Jackton Boys Club and Stewartfield F.C. Later local clubs EK Diamonds and EK Wanderers were incorporated into the structure. On 5 November 2016, East Kilbride defeated BSC Glasgow 3–1 for a 27th consecutive victory and surpassed Ajax's record of 26 consecutive wins. On 19 November 2016, East Kilbride lost 0–1 to Spartans to end their winning streak of 30 games

East Kilbride Currently have no permanent home, using the facilities at the training base, K-Park, until a site is found for the new stadium.


Lowland League

  • Champions (1): 2016-17

SAFL Division 1

  • Champions (1): 2012–13

SAFL Division 2

  • Champions (1): 2011–12

SFA South Region Challenge Cup:

  • Winners (1): 2013–14

Lowland League Cup

  • Winners (2): 2014–15, 2015–16

East of Scotland Qualifying Cup

  • Winners (1): 2015–16

East of Scotland City Cup

  • Winners (1): 2015–16

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The day started by driving up the M74 towards Junction 5 before turning off and heading to East Kilbride. We parked in the car park next to the ground and went inside. There isn’t much inside apart from a small seated stand and that’s the only area accessible to supporters

The game itself was a simple 3-0 win for Spartans with Kilbride having played the day before in the Scottish League Play off away at Buckie Thistle. Jack Beesley Scored the 1st goal when he finished off a move created by Scott Maxwell and Blair Tolmie opened his Spartans account with header after Chris Townsley’s effort was saved. Blair Carswell saved McNeil’s spot kick on the stroke of half time after the two tangled as the East Kilbride player raced in on goal to keep the score 2-0 and Spartans passage to Round 2 was complete when David Greenhill rounded off proceedings late on.

After the game we had tea in the nearby carvery called the New Farm before heading back down the M74

East Kilbride V Spartans 30-4-17 Lowland League Cup (10)

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Division :- Lowland League

Ticket Price Adult £6
Programme £2
Attendance ?
Score 0-3
Miles from Carlisle 94 Miles

Friday, 28 April 2017

Ground 282

Saturday 22nd April 2017

Brandon United V Billingham Synthonia

Welfare Ground

Brandon United V Billingham Synthonia 22-4-17 (10)

Brandon United Football Club is a football club based in Brandon, County Durham, England. They are currently members of the Northern League Division Two and play at the Welfare Ground. The club was established in 1968 as the works team of a waste paper company, and were initially shared the name of the company Rostrons. They joined Division Three of the Durham & District Sunday League, winning the division in their first season. They went on to win Division Two the following season, and were promoted to Division One. The mid-1970s saw Brandon win Division One four times in successive seasons between 1973–74 and 1976–77. They also won the Durham Sunday Cup in 1973–74, 1975–76 and 1976–77, as well as the FA Sunday Cup in 1975–76.In 1977 the club joined the Northern Alliance, winning back-to-back championships in their first two seasons in the league, also winning the League Cup in their first season. Although they only finished fourth in 1979–80, the club entered the FA Cup for the first time, and reached the first round. Drawn at home to Bradford City, the match was moved to Spennymoor United's ground, with Bradford winning 3–0. The season also saw them win the League Cup for a second time.In the summer of 1980 Brandon left the Northern Alliance to join the Northern Amateur League, but after a single season, they were elected to the Wearside League. Two seasons later, they moved up to Division Two of the Northern League. After finishing fourth in 1983–84, they won the division the following season, and were promoted to the Premier Division. In 1988–89 they reached the first round of the FA Cup again; after drawing 0–0 at Doncaster Rovers, the replay was also played at Doncaster's Belle Vue, with Rovers winning 2–1.Brandon were relegated to Division Two at the end of the 1993–94 season, but returned to Division One after winning Division Two in 1999–2000. The club were Division One champions in 2002–03, but finished bottom of Division One in 2005–06 and were relegated back to Division Two.

Brandon United V Billingham Synthonia 22-4-17 (8)


  • Northern League
    • Division One champions 2002–03
    • Division Two champions 1984–85, 1999–2000
  • Northern Alliance
    • Champions 1977–78, 1978–79
    • League Cup winners 1977–78, 1979–80
  • Sunderland Ship-owners Cup
    • Winners 1981–82
  • FA Sunday Cup
    • Winners 1975–76
  • Durham & District Sunday League
    • Division One champions 1973–74, 1974–75, 1975–76, 1976–77
    • Division Two champions 1969–70
    • Division Three champions 1968–69
  • Durham Sunday Cup
    • Winners 1973–74, 1975–76, 1976–77

I made my way over the A69 and A68 towards Brandon arriving in the Village around 1.40 getting something to eat in the nearby Lidl before parking up in the ground around 2. We sat in the car eating until around 2.40 and entered the ground. £5 for myself and £3 for the boy ( I possibly think this is the 1st time I’ve paid more than a £1 for my lad who’s 13 now ) Programme was £1.

Brandon United V Billingham Synthonia 22-4-17 (9)

The game itself was a really entertaining one with some good football being played by both sides but mostly Billingham Synthonia. Synthonia took the 3 points with a 4-1 win. Goals from Wilson (x2) Seaton & Liddle. Wilson also missed a penalty which would have completed his hat trick. Brandon’s goal was scored by Martin


Ex Carlisle watch

Jon Seaton was in the Billingham Synthonia team at Number 4 who was signed by Carlisle United as YTS in 2007 when Carlisle beat of completion from a number of clubs to his signature after being released as a 15 year old by Middlesbrough. He went on to play for the Youth team throughout the 2007-08 & 2008-09 Season’s, Even gaining Squad Number 38 for the 2008-09 Season before being released at the end of the season without making an appearance. We had a really strong Youth team them seasons with Gary Madine Ryan Bowman and Andy Cook up front all still playing Professionally for Bolton Motherwell and Tranmere Respectively. We also had Tom Aldred now at Blackpool. He was part of the Squad that made it all the way to the Youth Cup Quarter Final beating Manchester United on the way before losing to Aston Villa 2-0 in the Quarter Final.

Signing for Whitby Town in Oct 2009 he later had spells at Marske United Norton & Stockton and West Auckland before arriving at Billingham Synthonia . Seaton had a great game and was influential in the game scoring in the process. 

Brandon United V Billingham Synthonia 22-4-17 (30)

Image (22)Brandon United V Billingham Synthonia 22-4-17 (20)

Division :- Northern League Div 2

Ticket Price Adult £5 + £3 Child
Programme £1.00
Attendance ?
Score 1-4
Miles from Carlisle 68 Miles


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